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Claudine Senekal
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4 Jan 2022
06:00

Residents pick up the pieces after storm leaves a trail of devastation in Ladysmith, KZN

Claudine Senekal

A Ladysmith woman, Khatija Hoosen (62), said she helplessly watched in horror as the roof of their home was ripped off during a devastating storm on Sunday evening.

A Ladysmith woman, Khatija Hoosen (62), said she helplessly watched in horror as the roof of their home was ripped off during a devastating storm on Sunday evening.

“Where are we going to stay?” asked a still shocked Hoosen.

“I stood in the doorway and minutes later, the roof was gone. It could have been worse, but we as a family have lost everything.”
Khatija Hoosen.

Hoosen, who was at home at the time, said that she was in her room when the storm struck her home in Madras Road.

She said her family has lost everything. “Just when we thought the New Year was going to be kind to us this year, this happened.”

Hoosen’s duplex home is the only house that was severely damaged in the area.

The duplex had housed over twelve people, including Hoosen and her family. “It is so unbelievable to witness our home with no roof, and other people still have their roofs as if nothing had happened.”

Gale force winds and heavy downpours swept across most parts of Ladysmith on Sunday.

Hoosen and her neighbour, who lives in the duplex, said they ran for their lives, thinking that it was the end. “I stood in the doorway and minutes later, the roof was gone,” said Hoosen.

She said that she thanks God that her grandchildren were not home at the time.

“It could have been worse, but we as a family have lost everything.”

A photo of a man walking past a house damaged in a
The home destroyed by the storm has left twelve people without a place to stay.

Mop-up starting

Hoosen, who stays with her daughter, her partner, and three children, joined her family trying to mop up and salvage what they could after the storm abated on Monday morning.

“We only have one room with the roof still in place, but it is completely flooded,” she said.

Trees damaged the main electrical power lines in the area, leaving most parts without electricity.

A resident in Residency Road also had to flee his home at night after a tree crashed down into his home. “There was a huge crashing noise, and we took cover.

“Seconds later a tree broke through our door and roof,” said the man who asked not to be named.

Alfred Duma Municipality Disaster management teams were working in the affected areas.

It has been reported that over 60mm of rain fell during the freak storm. Parts of the CBD area, such as Lyell Street were flooded.